The skin dry itchy that is discolored or reddish appearance may damage your appearance and be extremely stressful to handle. Unfortunately, for the millions of people living with eczema, this is a reality that they know very well. That is why alternative therapy, including the use of therapeutic foods and herbal remedies, can greatly contribute to improving the condition, relieving symptoms and making life more comfortable for people with eczema.
What is Eczema?
Swelling of the skin, known as eczema, can cause itching, rash and dryness. You may see that this problem affects the skin of the face, behind the knees, on the inside of the elbows, as well as on the feet and hands. And unfortunately for you, when you scratch your skin with itching, it only worsens the swelling making you feel more itchy than before!
Eczema and its Diet:
Although there are some treatments such as medications, topical creams and even phototherapy that you can use to calm it, diet also plays a role in controlling the problem.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
The fatty acids omega 3 , the type found in fish oil, fish, nuts and seeds, may be a natural way to treat eczema. It is said that these fatty acids help because of their anti-inflammatory properties and because they stimulate the growth of new skin, allowing your body to get rid of the layer that is inflamed and itchy with a rash. The researchers noted a significant improvement in patients with eczema who took a dose of 1.8 g of fish oil daily, after only 12 weeks. The only caveat here is that due to its anticoagulant properties, you may have to consult a doctor if you plan to take fish oil every day. Also consider the total amount of vitamin A these foods contain, being careful to stay within the recommended daily levels to avoid a toxic effect on your system.
2. Green Tea:
Research shows that green tea extracts, and the polyphenols in green tea taken as a drink, can help act as an antiseptic agent. Tea helps to inhibit S. epidermidis, microorganisms that have been linked to eczema.
3. Citrus Fruits and Foods Rich in Vitamin C:
Making sure you get a lot of vitamin C through citrus fruits, as well as berries, papayas, mangoes and kiwifruit can help you develop immunity. According to some experts, the vitamin can act as a natural antihistamine, preventing allergic outbreaks of rashes and eczema. However, additional research is needed to corroborate this further. Vitamin C from green leafy vegetables, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and red and green peppers are also an easy way to increase nutrient intake.
“Berries are doubly good because the flavonoids they contain are also anti-inflammatory”.
4. Oolong Tea:
Oolong tea polyphenols can relieve eczema symptoms such as itching. In a study in Japan, patients who had severe symptoms were given a liter of oolong tea made from 10 g of the tea leaf to consume throughout the day in three portions after each main meal of the day. In just one month, 63 percent of all test subjects showed improvements in their symptoms. What makes it even more promising is that 54 percent of patients had maintained this symptom relief until six months after treatment began.
5. Fermented Foods and Yogurt:
Probiotics can help boost your immune system, helping to prevent and control atopic eczema. As the balance of good bacteria in your intestine or intestinal tract improves, you should see that the inflammation decreases. Research suggests that it can also help counteract inflammatory responses beyond the intestine. As a result, your system will not overreact when exposed to allergens, which will bring a more measured response and a lower probability of eczema. So stock up on yogurt, kefir and fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi.
If you enjoy the sweetness of pineapple, you will love the fact that this fruit can also help your eczema (as long as you are not allergic to it). It is known that the enzyme bromelain, found in the fruit, helps reduce inflammation. Just be careful to check with your doctor if you are already taking anticoagulant medications, since a high intake of bromelain may cause an increased risk of bleeding. It may also interact with certain medications.
7. Porridge or Brahmi Tea:
Gotu Kola or Centella asiatica is used in Ayurveda to treat eczema and asthma, among other things. The phenolic compounds in it are what make it a good remedy for skin conditions. The people of Sri Lanka prepare a nutritious oatmeal with the herb, which is used as a nutritious snack for preschool children in particular. Alternatively, you can have a herbal tea made from herbal tea with water at 100 ° C.
8. Topical Application of Edible Oils:
Sometimes certain foods can be beneficial not as food, but when used as topical treatments for eczema. The National Eczema Foundation suggests using virgin / cold coconut oil pressed into your skin to limit staphylococcal bacteria on your skin, reducing the risk of infection. Simply apply the oil on damp skin for best results. Another edible oil, sunflower oilIt can also help the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. As with coconut oil, be sure to use a pure form of oil that does not contain additives. Both oils can help retain moisture in your skin by acting as a natural barrier between the air and your skin. This reduces dryness and helps eliminate the itching sensation so typical of eczema. You can use these oils safely twice a day, but only if you are not allergic to them.
What you Don’t Eat is also Important!
Because atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is triggered by allergens, you may need to observe foods to skip them. This approach is called the “Elimination Diet” and essentially requires that you eliminate all possible food allergens. Although eczema in children under 4 years is quite common, many people overcome food allergies related to eczema as they grow. Some research suggests that a large number of these children still experience the problem as adults. And if that is true for your condition, it is important that you be careful not to eat foods that you are sensitive to.